A balloon ascent, c 1790.

 
A balloon ascent, c 1790.
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Description

Painted scene on a Sunderland mug, made by Philips & Co, commemorating a balloon ascent. Public balloon ascents began to be held in pleasure gardens after the first succesful balloon trips in Paris during 1783. These events attracted huge crowds and led to an explosion of ballooniana, or balloon art, expresed in paintings, prints and decorated ceramics as well as many other forms.

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10304361

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